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Valley View recognizes director of the board

Margaret Piper is known for her generous heart when it comes to serving others. She was recently recognized for her 18 years of service as a director of the board for Valley View Rehab and Nursing Center and is beginning her 19th year by serving as emeritus director. Giving her time and talent, she has held different positions including president and vice president.

Piper is in a unique position as she has also had a short-term stay at Valley View which allows her to see things from a resident’s point of view.

“I received wonderful care at Valley View during a time of rehabilitation following surgery some years ago: Kindness, patience, attention to meal choices, opportunities for entertainment — all were my daily experiences,” she said.

After graduating from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, with a degree in biology and chemistry — teaching certificate, Piper did her graduate work at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and received a masters of science in special education from Bloomsburg. During her career, she taught high school chemistry and biology, was a vocational evaluator at Hope Enterprises, a special needs coordinator at Lycoming College and at Penn College and an instructional support teacher at Loyalsock Township School District.

Piper’s passion for helping others has led her to serve on several other boards including the YWCA, Diakon, the Junior League, church administrative board, BLaST IU No. 17 and Loyalsock Township School District. She has also volunteered for various other agencies.

Piper believes that volunteering offers opportunities to help make the world a kinder and gentler place for everyone; especially those who are in need physically or emotionally. Volunteering is a concrete way to express our concern for others and show our appreciation for our many blessings.

Piper moved to Williamsport in 1969. She and her husband, John, have been married 60 years and have two children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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